"Remembering to Forget: Post-Ceasefire Theatre in Northern Ireland"

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Abstract

This essay considers theatrical performance as a process that can aestheticize violent loss and trauma in order to explore the potential for transcendence and open hopeful possibilities for the future. It is particularly concerned with the ways in which theatre in Northern Ireland has been engaging with experiences of grief and loss as the post-Ceasefire society continues to take shape. Drawing upon Dolan’s work on the ‘utopian performative’ (2005, 5), and incorporating Phelan’s work on the ontology of performance and Carlson’s exploration of theatre and memory in The Haunted Stage, the paper analyzes three performances from 2006-7: The Waiting Room by Kabosh, Macbeth by Replay Productions (both of which are site-specific), and Bog People by Big Telly Theatre Company.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherIrish Society for Theatre Research
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2008
EventIrish Society for Theatre Research Conference - University College Dublin
Duration: 4 Apr 2008 → …

Conference

ConferenceIrish Society for Theatre Research Conference
Period4/04/08 → …

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    Fitzpatrick, L. (2008). "Remembering to Forget: Post-Ceasefire Theatre in Northern Ireland". In Unknown Host Publication Irish Society for Theatre Research.